Volkswagen is set to release a concept two-seat car capable of obtaining a fuel economy figure of 238 mpg (1 litre per 100 kilometers) at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show according to a report published in German newspaper Blid.
To be known as the L1, for obvious reasons, the concept uses carbon-fibre extensively in a bid to keep vehicle weight below 500 kilograms.
Aerodynmaic drag has been reduced thanks to a sleek, passenger-behind-driver body with the rear wheels covered by skirts to improve air flow. Air intake ports for engine cooling and cabin ventilation also open only as required to further assist the car’s slippery shape.
The L1 is 3800mm in length and has a canopy roof for passenger entry and egress. A small cargo area allows 50 litres of luggage to be carried.
Powered by a twin-cylinder (27kW) turbo-diesel engine the L1 uses a seven-speed DSG transmission, and in addition to its outstanding fuel economy figure, also achieves a CO2 output of just 39 grams per kilometre.